Curb, a mobility platform for licensed taxi and for-hire rides in North America, now enables e-hailing and mobile payments for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, with the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) as the first customer.

Curb’s latest initiative with the city of Chicago marks the mobility provider’s first move into the PaaS space, Curb Mobility notes in a media release.

“The new PaaS offering is a natural extension of our proven, scalable platform that we’ve built and refined over many years with both consumers and enterprises. Our customizable cloud-based offering allows cities and transit agencies to tap into the existing network of taxis to enhance mobility for all segments of the riding public. Our managed service option allows them to do this even more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

— Vishal Dhawan, CTO of Curb Mobility

Curb’s cloud-based hailing platform includes rider and driver mobile apps, intelligent dispatch, and mobile payments. To find and book wheelchair-accessible taxis on demand or in advance, users simply need to download the Curb app and sign up for an account. For those who prefer to book WAV taxi rides via phone, Curb will offer 24×7 bookings by phone. Riders booking by phone will receive SMS updates and a web link to track their rides.

“Riders with disadvantages or disabilities have a right to equal access to convenient transportation options. By offering cities a hosted and managed option for connecting their growing fleets of WAVs to the Curb platform, we are helping them fulfill that promise to their communities.”

— Amos Tamam, CEO of Curb Mobility

In an effort to improve the transportation infrastructure in Chicago, the city is incentivizing taxi drivers to lease and drive WAV taxis, so passengers who depend on them can access wheelchair-accessible rides when and where they are needed. With more WAV taxis on the road, BACP is working exclusively with Curb to utilize the company’s technology to better manage its supply of WAV taxis and make accessing a wheelchair-accessible taxi easier and more efficient, the release, from Curb Mobility, continues.

“Chicago is proud to offer world-class transportation options for all travelers, especially passengers using wheelchairs. With this new partnership, we are re-upping our commitment to providing quick, reliable and first-rate service to people with disabilities. We are excited to partner with CURB and continue to improve the best WAV program in the country.”

— Rosa Escareno, BACP Commissioner

[Source(s): Curb Mobility, PR Newswire]

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